The last time that this fixture was played in the EPL Norwich ran out very worthy 4-2 leaders. Both of Newcastle's goals came from a certain player called Demba Ba, who is now on the Chelsea squad. A repeat of that 4-2 score is available at 66/1 with Stan James, but as Newcastle couldn’t find the net against Brighton and Hove without Ba, why not back 4-0 to Norwich. It’s worth punt at 66/1.
Enough with time at the Ba…WHERE’S THE MONEY MIKE?
If you're feeling perverse, why not add a final score of 0-0 to your Premier League picks, which is offered up by some bookmakers at 14/1. The reason why this should be a perverse bet is that the Geordies who can score (and concede) plenty of goals, have yet to play out a nil-nil in the league all season.
The last meeting between these two sides back in September ended 1-0 to the hosts, and if you want a repeat of that score, Premier League betting lines have Newcastle winning 1-0 available at 11/1 with bet365. If you think it will be a straightforward reverse, with the Canaries beating the Magpies, that score is available at 8/1 with the same bookmakers.
The difference in those betting odds should tell you who the bookies fancied to win this game. In case they don’t, an away win is at 12/5. Also in that last game the only goal was scored by Ba who as we have already mentioned no longer plays for Newcastle United. If you want to worry the Geordies a little bit further you might like to mention that Ba had provided half of all Geordie league goals this season.
It’s not easy being black and white.
The wee club from the north-east, who finished so brightly last season are now 15th in the lead and more worryingly, just two scant points above the relegation zone. Newcastle United are now 6/1 with 888sport to be relegated this season but, the game against Norwich is just the sort of game that they need to win if they are to claw some respectability back from this season.
Norwich's home record is far from conclusive, they’ve won half of their 10 home games losing three and drawing two, but what is more interesting is that they have conceded as many goals as they have scored at home in the league, that's 13. Newcastle who still have yet to win a single game on the road this season have scored 14, but conceded 25 goals on their travels, that's in the course of four draws and six defeats.
And that means…
All of those facts seem to point at a draw which is available at a very reasonable 5/2, specifically a 1-1 draw at 6/1. However if you're a Sunderland fan or a friend of Alex Ferguson you might like to profit from any possible Newcastle misery and back Norwich to turn the Geordies over which is available at 5/2, and is certainly not the sort of bet that your humble handicapper would deride you for making.
However, I do feel that something has to come good for Newcastle soon and by soon I mean this coming weekend.
I'm going to back the strangest of strange things, a Newcastle away victory!
Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton and Hove Albion going down 2-0 on Saturday but Norwich suffered no such embarrassment and were confident 3-0 away winners against Peterborough on the same day. Who knows how inclusion in an additional competition will affect Norwich, or indeed how a reduction in the fixture list will help Newcastle, but what is clear from those two results is that the momentum is with the home side. Still…things can only get better.
Premier League Prediction: Newcastle will get a win, 2-0 to the Geordies available with Victor Chandler at 16/1.